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Donald Trump gives £10,000 to help Aberdeenshire tot

Tycoon Donald Trump has stepped in to improve the life of a child who is fighting against a rare disease.

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The American businessman has donated 10,000 to help three-year-old Sean Tye transform his bedroom and his life.

The youngster has spent most of his life in hospital battling Pompe disease, a rare and debilitating condition which affects the muscles and the heart.

But he could soon have his own custom-made bedroom, fitted with all the medical equipment he needs to survive, thanks to the donation by Mr Trump.

Sean's muscles are weak and floppy and he needs a ventilator to breathe properly. After being critically ill in hospital, he is now back at home living with his mother and father, but he requires round-the-clock care, and the size of his current bedroom has made caring for Sean extremely difficult.

His father, Sam Tye, said: "The room's too small for all the equipment like the ventilator and hoists. The bathroom is upstairs and Sean is also getting heavier and heavier.

"I'm the only one who is allowed to help him because of health and safety reasons. There can be people there, but they can't help."

The Tye family, from Balmedie, Aberdeenshire, have been given permission to convert a double garage into a new bedroom for Sean. Construction company Chap has said it will carry out the conversion at 'cost price' but the family needs 43,000 to complete the job.

Aberdeenshire Council is already providing 15,000 of funding and Mr Trump, who is building the a controversial golf course on the nearby Menie Estate, has added another 10,000 to the fund. His contribution went to Aberdeenshire Care & Repair, a charity that adapts houses for people who are disabled.

Mr Tye, 33, an IT consultant, said: "We are very grateful to Mr Trump. The new bedroom will improve Sean's quality of life."

When Sean was just two, he spent four-and-a-half months in Glasgow's Yorkhill children's hospital fighting for his life. His parents were told that he wouldn't reach his first birthday, but Sean has constantly defied medical odds, despite being born with a condition that only affects 1 in 40,000 people.

Mr Tye said: "He has been on a significant journey and has proved everybody wrong. Doctors said his heart is now improving."

The US billionaire was alerted to Sean's plight by local councillor Allan Hendry, who approached Mr Trump for a donation.

Mr Hendry said: "I'm delighted that Mr Trump and his organisation have been able to help."

Sarah Malone, executive vice-president of Trump International Golf Links Scotland, said the tycoon was delighted to help the youngster's family.

She added: "Aberdeenshire Care & Repair recently wrote to us on behalf of Sean Tye and we were pleased to make a financial contribution towards the family's plans to help improve the quality of the little boy's life."

 
 
 

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